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by Archaeology Newsroom

Clarinet and Song. Some Remarks on the Dancing Music of Pogoni, Epirus

In Pogoni, Epirus, and elsewhere in Greece, certain dancers categorically ask the musicians to accompany fie dance song they have chosen to dance “only with the clarinet”, that is with music, and to omit the lyrics. This attitude is in opposition to the fact that in recent years more and more professional singers come to and participate in folk festivals. This article deals with the various aspects of the dance music of Pogoni. Thus, it examines the formation of the sequence of melodies and dances performed by me occasional leader of the dance, which is conventionally mentioned here as “suite”; it investigates the correspondence between individual music and dance components in their historical and social context; and, finally, it attempts to interpret the different practices exercised for the “consumption” of dance music in the feasts and festivals of Pogoni.